Red Lobster is an American casual dining restaurant chain that is owned and operated by Darden Restaurants, Inc., headquartered in Orlando, Florida. The company also has operations in Canada, the United Arab Emirates, and Japan. As of May 29, 2011, there are 698 Red Lobster locations worldwide.

Red Lobster was founded in 1968 by entrepreneurs Bill Darden and Charley Woodsby. Originally billed as a "Harbor for Seafood Lovers", the first restaurant in Lakeland, Florida, was followed by several others throughout the southeast. In 1970, General Mills acquired Red Lobster as a five-unit company. With new backing, the chain expanded rapidly in the 1980s.



Crab Nachos

Red Lobster Recipe

Serves 4

20-30 each nacho chips
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
1/4 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
1 (8 oz.)package cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups of cleaned lump crabmeat
1 large plum tomato, seeded and diced
1/4 cup drained and rinsed canned black beans
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons salsa
2 each jalapenos, seeded and diced or 2 tablespoons canned mild green chilies
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees. Arrange tortilla chips on an oven proof plate. Combine the cilantro, tomato, jalapeno, black beans, pepper jack cheese, and salsa. Add the crab meat and toss to mix.
Combine the remaining cheeses and spices. Spoon the crab mixture over the chips, then top with the spiced cheeses. Bake until heated through and the cheeses are melted.

Jumbo Spicy Sriracha Grilled Shrimp

Red Lobster introduced Extra Jumbo Spicy Sriracha Grilled Shrimp as part of the Big Shrimp Festival special at its 679 units. To make these at home use large 16-20 count jumbo shrimp grilled over wood oak and basted with Sriracha.

Create Your Own Seafood Trio

For guests who love seafood but have trouble picking just one favorite item, Red Lobster’s Create Your Own Seafood Trio event is the perfect choice. For just $15.99, guests can choose one selection from each of three categories – Pasta Specialties, Signature Shrimp and Wood Grilled Selections. The offer comes with a fresh salad and unlimited Cheddar Bay Biscuits.

Selections include:

  • New! Baked Lobster Alfredo
  • New! Soy Ginger Salmon
  • New! Cajun Shrimp Linguini Alfredo
  • Brown Butter Shrimp Scampi
  • Crispy Coconut Bites
  • Hand Breaded Shrimp
  • Garlic Grilled Shrimp
  • Maple Glazed Chicken

Guests also have the option to upgrade one of their three selections for just $4.00 more. Upgrade options include 1/2 pound Snow Crab Legs, Wood Grilled Peppercorn Sirloin or a Wood Grilled Sea Scallop Skewer.

This promotion starts Monday, April 13, 2015 and runs for a limited time.


Lobsterfest is Red Lobster's largest and most popular promotion.It is the one time of year guests can choose from the largest variety of lobster dishes on the menu. From exclusive dishes that are only available during Lobsterfest.

Beginning today and for a limited time, Red Lobster’s Lobsterfest is back!

  • Lobster Lover's Dream A succulent rock lobster tail and sweet split Maine lobster tail, roasted and served with lobster and shrimp linguini Alfredo
  • Dueling Lobster Tails A crab and seafood stuffed Maine lobster tail, and a Maine lobster tail topped with creamy roasted garlic shrimp.
  • Wood Grilled Lobster, Shrimp & Salmon A Maine lobster tail, jumbo shrimp skewer and fresh Atlantic salmon, wood grilled and finished with brown butter.
  • Lobster Scampi Linguini Succulent Maine lobster meat over a bed of linguini in a white wine and garlic scampi sauce
  • Ultimate Surf & Turf A Maine lobster tail baked with crab and seafood stuffing, paired with a peppercorn seasoned grilled sirloin topped with Maine lobster meat in a citrus hollandaise sauce 
  • Roasted Maine Lobster Bake Roasted split petite Maine lobster tails tossed in a white wine and garlic butter sauce, roasted with corn and baby gold potatoes.
  • Rock Island Stuffed Tilapia Fresh tilapia roasted with crab and seafood stuffing and topped with Maine lobster meat in a creamy lobster butter sauce.
  • Seaport Lobster & Shrimp A wood grilled split Maine lobster tail, savory garlic shrimp scampi and a skewer of garlic-grilled shrimp. Served with wild rice pilaf and choice of side.
  • Ultimate Feast A tender split Maine lobster tail, steamed North American snow crab legs, garlic shrimp scampi and Walt's Favorite Shrimp.

Guests can enjoy any of the promotion’s craveable entrees with a new cocktail – Lobster Punch – available exclusively during Lobsterfest. This refreshing limited edition specialty drink features Malibu Red, pineapple juice and mango passion fruit mix, topped with Myers’s Dark Rum. The drink will be served in a commemorative Red Lobster mason jar that is available for purchase.

Big Shrimp Festival

Beginning today, Red Lobster, the world’s largest seafood restaurant, is introducing a new promotion, Big Shrimp Festival, featuring some of the largest shrimp ever offered on the menu. During the promotion, guests will be able to choose two craveable Big Shrimp selections for $15.99, or three for $19.99.

Guests can choose from a variety of new flavor options like Sriracha, Tempura and Brown Butter, as well as classic guest favorites, like Scampi and Coconut, to create their perfect plate. The offer comes with a fresh salad and unlimited Cheddar Bay Biscuits . Selections include:

  • NEW! Crispy Tempura Shrimp
  • NEW! Extra Jumbo Spicy Sriracha-Grilled Shrimp
  • NEW! Ultimate Shrimp Scampi Pasta
  • NEW! Brown Butter Shrimp Scampi
  • NEW! Extra Jumbo Garlic-Grilled Shrimp
  • Guest Favorite Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp

Boston Iced Tea

Mix equal parts Iced Tea and Cranberry Juice.

Apple Walnut Chicken Salad

Red Lobster Copycat Recipe

Makes 2 servings

2 chicken breasts marinated in balsamic vinaigrette
5 cups mixed greens
1 red delicious apple, cored and un-peeled cut into
bite sized pieces and tossed with one teaspoon
lemon juice to prevent browning
5 tablespoons chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons sun dried tomatoes, chopped
4 teaspoons crumbled bleu cheese
1/4 red bell pepper, diced
2 bottles of balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing

Marinate the chicken in balsamic vinaigrette for one hour in a resealable plastic bag in the refrigerator. Grill or bake the chicken until done. Cut into strips. Toss salads in two separate bowls, mix in walnuts, sun-dried tomatoes, bleu cheese and red bell pepper. Place grilled chicken strips over each salad. Place croutons on each salad. Drizzle salad dressing over each salad at the table.

Snow Crabs with Red Sauce

Red Lobster Restaurant Recipe

1 1/2 pounds Alaska snow crab clusters, single-cut legs or split legs, thawed if necessary
2 tablespoons minced onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 teaspoon crushed oregano

Rinse crab under cool water. Cut crab into serving-size pieces; score backs of leg sections using a large heavy knife or slit with kitchen shears.  Saute onion and garlic in butter until tender; stir in remaining ingredients except crab. Simmer 5 minutes. Serve hot with chilled or steamed crab.

Maryland Crab Cakes

Red Lobster Restaurant Copycat Recipe

Serves 4

1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 tablespoon onion, minced
1 tablespoon celery, diced
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 whole egg
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1 pound lump crabmeat
2 tablespoons oil, for sauteing

In a large stainless steel bowl, combine all ingredients except crab meat and bread crumbs. Using gloved hands, gently mix in crab meat, then add bread crumbs. Spread a thin layer of plain bread crumbs on your work surface. Form crab mixture into equal balls, approximately two inches in diameter. Place on crumbs. Gently flatten the ball of crab mixture and round the edges. Form cakes about one half inch thick and three inches round. Refrigerate.

In a saute pan, melt 2 tablespoons of oil until hot. Gently slide in crab cakes 2 at a time. Brown on one side approximately 2 to 3 minutes. Turn and brown on the other side. Turn down heat to simmer and cook crab cakes another 5 to 8 minutes.

Bananas Foster Cheesecake

Red Lobster Restaurant Copycat Recipe

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
1/2 stick unsalted butter
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons golden brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 pounds cream cheese, room temperature
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3 large eggs
2 cups pureed bananas (about 4 bananas)
1 cup sour cream
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch salt

1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (17 oz.) jar caramel sauce
2 tablespoons dark rum
2 bananas, sliced

Position rack in center of oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wrap outside of 9 inch diameter springform pan with 3 inch high sides with heavy duty foil. Combine flour, pecans, butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in large bowl. Mix well. Press mixture onto bottom of prepared pan Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese in large bowl until smooth. Gradually beat in sugar. Beat in cornstarch. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until just blended after each addition. Add pureed banana,sour cream, lemon juice, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Beat just until combined.

Transfer filling to crust lined pan. Place pan in large roasting pan. Add enough hot water to roasting pan to come one inch up sides of springform pan. Bake until center of cake is just set, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Remove cake from oven. Maintain oven temperature. Meanwhile, prepare topping. Mix together sour cream, sugar and vanilla in small bowl until well blended. Spread topping over cheesecake. Bake until topping is set, about 10 minutes. Turn off oven.

Let cake stand in oven until cooled to room temperature, about 2 hours. Refrigerate cake until well chilled. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Cut around cake to loosen; remove pan sides. Transfer cake to platter.

Warm caramel sauce in small saucepan over low heat, stirring often. Mix in rum. Drizzle some sauce decoratively over cake. Arrange bananas atop cake. Cut cake into wedges and serve with sauce.